[UPDATE 8:40 p.m. In Which a Traffic Collision Gets Complicated….]
A red Toyota Tacoma and Ford utility pickup collided on the first span of the Samoa Bridge as Hwy 255 leaves Eureka about 9:30 a.m. Little is known about the accident except that according to emergency dispatch’s entry on the California Highway Patrol site, one of the vehicles has “multiple firearms” in it.
According to CHP spokesperson Cy May, his officers are not on scene as of 10 a.m. so he doesn’t have the details yet. We will call back at noon to get more information.
UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: With multiple law enforcement agencies involved, the traffic collision story gets a bit muddled and details were hard to confirm but, here’s what we know:
According to the CHP spokesperson Cy May, the vehicle driven by John Henderson, age 70, rear-ended the vehicle of a 69-year-old Eureka resident after she pulled onto the Samoa Bridge from Woodley Island. The two involved in the accident then drove to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office believed that the Eureka Police had jurisdiction so they were contacted.
The Eureka Police determined that Henderson had a loaded shotgun in the passenger seat of his vehicle, according to Brittany Powell spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department. The shotgun was confiscated. (Apparently there was only the one firearm not the multiple firearms originally reported.)
While not injured in the traffic collision, Henderson had to be transported to the hospital for a medical reason. No one was able to clarify for us what this was about.
Chief Mills tweeted the following photo showing the firearm that Henderson was carrying.
— Andrew Mills (@ChiefAndyMills) December 28, 2016
The Eureka Police did not have jurisdiction; the California Highway Patrol did. However, the CHP never saw the gun. The EPD has that.
The CHP are investigating the collision.
So, we hope that …uh…cleared things up.